While we can all recognize the benefits of staying connected, and the ways in which social media has changed and contributed to this endeavor, public libraries face unique challenges in providing this service.
How far does a library’s obligation extend in protecting the privacy of a user on a public internet station? Screens and content are fully visible to passersby, and to library staff. Is an individual’s freedom of expression and right to privacy being compromised?
Further, should libraries have “social media-only” computers to keep other stations free for research, job searching, or word processing, for example? Is social media as worthy a use of a library’s technology resources as these other functions?
Please select the following link to read, and then join, the discussion about the pitfalls and praise of social media!